Franklin County Man Charged In Shooting Death Of Local Sheriff's Deputy

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 08:35 AM
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A Grove City man has been charged with one count of aggravated murder in the shooting death of Muskingum County Sheriff deputy Robert Tanner Junior. 27-year-old Henry Hagar is expected to appear before Muskingum County Court Judge Jeffrey Hooper at 10 am today. Because of the charge involved and the fact that Hagar killed a law enforcement official, Muskingum County Prosecutor, Mike Haddox says he could face the death penalty. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Hagar’s father, Henry Hagar the third says the shooting was the culmination of years of problems since the suspect suffered head injuries in a car accident four years ago. The father also said his son saw an OSU psychologist during his recovery and had a history of drug addiction and depression. The shooting happened just after 6 pm Tuesday when Deputy Tanner pulled the vehicle over on a traffic stop. Major Bryan Hoover said that Tanner and Hagar had an interaction, but declined to comment on what was said. Then apparently Hagar got out of the car and shot Tanner once in the head. Hagar and another male occupant, also from Franklin county then fled the scene and picked up an unidentified female from Zanesville. The Muskingum county Sheriff’s Department put out and all-points bulletin on the license plate, and the car was spotted by a Morgan County Sheriff’s deputy. After an intense man-hunt was issued, Hagar surrendered in remote A-E-P lands and was taken into custody. He was found with a loaded handgun, which is being tested. The other two occupants in the vehicle have not and will not be charged in the incident. No motive was given but police did speculate that Hagar had two outstanding warrants from Franklin County, and feared arrest. The warrants were for failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, and theft/assault in Franklin County.

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